Serbia low on new TI ranking of perceived corruption

BELGRADE -- Serbia is treading water on the annual Transparency International ranking of perceived corruption, Transparency Serbia head Vladimir Goati said, Beta reported.

(Beta)
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Serbia got 39 out of 100 points according to a new ranking method that awards 100 points to countries that are very "clean" perceived corruption-wise, while countries with zero points suffer heavy corruption.

Goati said Serbia was stuck on the list because it did not "measure good will and announcements, but achievement."

Serbia brings up the rear among the former Yugoslav republics - 80th on the overall list, it is five slots behind Montenegro, eight behind Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11 behind Macedonia and 18 behind Croatia.

Transparency reps enumerated breaches of anti-corruption legislation, violation of legal security by passing contradictory and unclear acts, the extra-institutional power of political parties, lack of lobbying regulation, non-transparent decision-making, unnecessary procedures and insufficient capacity of law enforcement oversight agencies.

Last year, Serbia ranked 86th, with a 3.3 perceived corruption index.

UN resident coordinator in Serbia William Infante told Beta news agency that the current cabinet of Serbia had taken "fantastic steps" to battle corruption and sent the message that no one was "above the law".